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Moog Micromoog Analog Synthesizer - Used

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Moog Micromoog Analog Synthesizer - Used


Works well. Used condition. Ribbon has been bypassed due no longer being accurate (a common problem with Micromoogs). Sounds buzzy, fuzzy, and funky, don't expect a Minimoog but maybe that's a good thing if you're looking for something a little different. Where Prodigy's, Rogue's, and modern Moog's sound tight and controlled, this little Micromoog sounds loose and fat, oozing with character.



The Micromoog Synthesizer was designed to tap into a market of musicians who wanted an affordable introduction to synthesis. While the basic architecture was a simple VCO/VCF/VCA, inexpensive enhancements made it a more creative synth. Its single voltage-controlled oscillator has variable waveshape which can also be modulated and a sub-octave can be added one or two octaves below. Its -24 dB per octave low-pass filter has its own envelope generator, and can be frequency modulated by the VCO. The voltage-controlled amplifier has its own envelope generator. A noise generator, sample and hold, low-frequency oscillator, and modulation routing complete the voicing. Moog chose to use two A(S)R envelope generators (with switchable sustain) instead of the single ADSR more commonly found on budget synths. Other switches like VCA bypass, VCF tone mode and release on/off allow quick changes to be made live.

It has a 32-note keyboard.

The Micromoog also features the Moog Open System control inputs, a pre-MIDI control system which enables the unit to control or be controlled by other Moog synthesizers, even suggesting using it with Moog modules and sequencer. Unusually, the CV inputs were designed to operate at 0.95v per octave - the idea being that the 1v/octave outputs of synths could get loaded down, but could still be used into the Micromoog. In practice, this is a pain and in many cases, people have attempted to tweak the tracking, but the best that can be achieved without modification is around 0.98v per octave. Triggering is Moog standard S-triggering on Cinch Jones connectors. Modulation in/out is on a stereo 3/16" jack - a difficult connector to find. An "access pwr" socket is provided for connection of Moog accessories such as the drum controller, sample and hold and ribbon controller.

The Micromoog has an audio input allowing external audio to be run through the filter and VCA.

The connections on the rear connection panel are as follows:

Outputs: LO Audio -10 dbm, HI Audio +12dbm, S-trig, KBD, Access(ory) power ± 15 VDC, 50 MA

Inputs: filter, oscillator (0.95Volts per octave), S-trig, Audio Modulation

Polyphony - Monophonic

Oscillators - 1 VCO
Memory - None
Filter - 24 dB/oct lowpass (w/ ring modulation)
VCA - 1 VCA w/ attack, decay, sustain, release
Keyboard - 32 keys
Arpeg/Seq - Sample & Hold
Control - Moog 'Open System'